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11 July 2006 PR 06/81

A summer of sporting fun for children on offer thanks to Loughborough University

As the end of term rapidly approaches parents across Charnwood need look no further than Loughborough University for a range of sporting activities to keep their kids entertained over the summer holidays.

The choice of activities on offer is extensive with something to appeal to most children, whether they want to develop their skills in a single sport they already know, have a go at a range of sports or try something totally new. Children aged from 5 to 14 are being catered for.

Three single sport camps are being run in association with Charnwood Borough Council. The World Cup Football Camp has been specifically designed to develop skill and technique with all aspects of the game being covered. Children will be able to take part in new competitions with new medals to be won! Who knows, England might even win this competition!

For those who prefer the oval ball there is the Rugby Camp, lead by Paul Westgate, the University’s Head rugby Coach. The camp is aimed at developing skills, confidence and knowledge whilst having fun and enjoying the game of rugby.

If its Freddie Flintoff the kids want to emulate then the University’s Cricket Camp is the one to go for. These sessions will cater for all abilities giving the children the chance to learn, improve or perfect cricket skills.

For further information on the age ranges for these camps, pricing and dates is available from Charnwood Borough Council on 01509 634673

This summer will see the University offer an exciting new sporting opportunity. Utilising the University’s world class facilities, the multi sport camp will cater for children aged 5-14. The camp will be split into 3 teams. For the younger children there will be ‘Team Nike’. This will involve games and activities to help improve vital skills such as hand-eye co-ordination, teamwork and spatial awareness. Members of Team Nike will play a variety of well known sports as well as play ground games such as ‘stuck in the mud’, dodgeball, benchball and ‘duck, duck, goose’ to add a fun element. For those aged 8-10, ‘Team Hercules’ will involve many of the sports children know and love as well as some they may not have tried such as water polo or archery. Children aged 11-14 will be in ‘Team Zeus’. They too will be able to try traditional as well as new sports.

Sessions will cater for individual sporting ability and most will be held in facilities used by Loughborough’s Commonwealth Games medal winners.

For more information on Loughborough University’s Sports Camp please contact the University’s Sports Reception on 01509 226250

Ian Gaunt, Loughborough University’s Community Sport Development Officer says, “We are really delighted to be able to offer this range of sporting activities for the summer holiday both in our own right and with Charnwood Borough Council. We really think there is something to interest all children, whatever their ability or specific interest. Demand for the courses is high and people are urged to check up on the dates and book quickly to avoid disappointment.”

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Notes to editors

Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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